Artist: Kendrick Lamar featuring Jay-Z Title: B*tch Don’t Kill My Vibe Remix Produced by: Soundwave Mixed By: Ali Hood: Compton, California & Brooklyn, NY Genre(s): Hip Hop Label: Top Dawg Entertainment, Aftermath, Interscope Released: March 18, 2013 Social:FacebookTwitter Read more of this post
Artist:India.Arie Title: Cocoa Butter Hood: Atlanta, GA Genre(s): Soul, Neo Soul, Jazz Label: Universal Republic Released: March 21, 2013 Social:FacebookTwitter
Soul singer,India.Arie is back on the scene with a cool new song. We dig it and hope radio will pick this one up. Enjoy.
More about the song:
India.Arie issues the sensual and feel good ballad “Cocoa Butter,” her new single from her forthcoming fifth studio album. On the track, the lyrical genius floats in the rejuvenation on new love. Arie’s upcoming fifth album, her follow-up to 2009′s Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics, is currently titled “SongVersation” and is expected to be released this summer.
If you weren’t able to make it to this year’s South By Southwest Festival, we have compiled several of the better performances. This year, like other years, was filled to the gills with techy loving music fans who flew to Austin, Texas to check out the best of what’s next. Check out some of the performances for yourself. Read more of this post
Thanks to our friend and radio personality Egypt for this one:
Beyonce fans, have you heard her new song???
The singer just dropped a new promo track on her Tumblr and it’s been getting mixed reviews. The track is split into sections from two different songs. “Bow Down” is reportedly produced by Hit-Boy and it’s being said that Timbaland worked on “I Been On.” Some of the lyrics say: Read more of this post
This morning, during the 9am EST hour of the Today Show, popular (and beautiful) NBC Newswoman Tamron Hall revealed that Prince emailed her and offered up one of his songs, 17, as the new theme for her afternoon news program, News Nation. According to Hall, she will be able to use the song for the next 6 months. She claims Prince is a huge fan of the news and she seemed generally honored to use the song on her show.
Prince nerds like us will immediately recognize the jazzy number from Prince’s 80′s Madhouse project. Although the group officially released two numbered albums, 8 and 16. “17″ also known as Penetration (hilarious) appeared as the first song on Madhouse‘s unreleased 24 album. Read more of this post
“I’m pleased to drop this brand new Best of Biggie for all his fans. On top of that, I’m happy I made the march 9th death anniversary deadline. Long story short, I was working on another Valentine’s tape because the first was so well-received, and then Cabbie said I should really do a March 9th BIG tape. It made sense because it’s been long overdue and the timing. That was it, my RNB tape had to get pushed back.”
Artist: 3rd Eye Girl Title: Live Out Loud Label: NPG Records Genre: Alt Rock, Pop, Soul Released: March 7, 2013
Basking in the afterglow of the Carnegie Hall tribute show, we are digging this new song by what we think are Prince proteges, 3rd Eye Girl. Released amazingly enough by a fan, Jester (see interview below), the track is a mid temp0 female vocals driven tune that rocks in a funky minimalist way. With a very positive message which urges everyone to live life to the fullest, we couldn’t help but smile while listening.
Let’s hope these talented ladies will do better than some of Prince‘s discarded acts. For every Sheila E., there are 2 singers who thought they had a shot at greatness (e.g. Martika, Jill Jones). We are encouraged after hearing this new track, which was written by Prince and more than likely includes some background vocals and maybe instrumentation as well. This is very solid and follows up Prince’s recent performance on Jimmy Kimmel of his new rock-tinged track, Screwdriver.
Live Out Loud
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Kudos to our friends from Giant Step for hipping us to this super funky and exciting band (and singer) with an amazing sound. Following in the footsteps of UK Soul masters like Omar, Sola Rosa and this track deserve your time. Be careful though. This one will have your head nodding for real. Read more of this post
Artist: Leah Labelle Title: Lolita Label: So So Def/Epic Genre(s): Soul, Pop, R&B, Dance You Will Like This if You Like: Kerry Hilson, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna Released: February 2013
Late last year, following the BET aired Soul Train Music Awards, we talked up relative newcomer Leah Labelle, who appeared on the show in a segment honoring soul legends. Her performance of Square Biz was honorable enough to get our staff searching for more of her music to bring you. We found the super (but slept on) single “Sexify” and hoped this Pharrell Williams produced artist would break through commercial radio. Although she experienced some regional success, nothing has broken through just yet. Read more of this post
Like most, we are very skeptical about reality talent shows and the actual “talent” they produce. Sure, the first few seasons of American Idol produced several hits and artists who have the potential to be around for quite a while. However, since then, there have been a slew of copy cat shows and other music reality formats introduced. One show, the X factor, seemed to be an exact copy of AI, but with less vocal talent. That is, until now. Read more of this post
Artist: Nicolay with The Hot At Nights Title: Shibuya Session Hood: Raleigh, North Carolina Genre(s): Jazz, Soul Produced by: Produced by Nicolay and Chris Boerner Released: November 7, 2011 Social:FacebookTwitter Read more of this post